One Womans Daring Escape From Scientology: I Wanted to End My Life - 2018-11-28
The third season premiere of A&E's Emmy-winning docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath has faced a barrage of legal threats from the Church of Scientology—so much so that a screener of the episode was only made available to press mere hours before its airing Tuesday night.
And as notoriously litigious as the church is, they had reason to be nervous, as the episode featured the exclusive testimony of Valerie Haney, a woman who was born into Scientology and not only served 22 years in the church's fraternal religious order Sea Org, whose members are required to sign billion-year contracts, but was also the personal aide to Scientology leader David Miscavige's wife Shelly, who hasn't been seen publicly since 2007. Haney says that she last saw Shelly in 2006, crying and entering a car that then departed Scientology's International Headquarters, or "Gold Base"—a compound on the outskirts of Riverside County, California.
"What [Miscavige] is doing with his wife, hiding her and not having her anywhere around, I don't get it. That is heartless to me," claims Haney.